For the last few years, a Veuve Clicquot team has trekked across the country, stopping at cities from coast to coast to host champagne-fueled blowouts.
Now, Minneapolis gets to join the party for the first time when the bubbly brigade lands in town this weekend.
“We actually had [Delphine Laborde], one of Veuve Clicquot’s winemaker visit us” in the spring, said Heather D. Howard, the local Moet Hennessy portfolio manager and the director of wine education for Johnson Brothers Liquor Company in St. Paul. “She was kind of surprised at our food and wine culture here in Minneapolis- St. Paul, she was really excited about the events that we have done. They see some of the chefs that have gotten national recognition and major awards …and she was just really jazzed about what the Twin Cities have to offer.”
The three-day tour highlighting Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label and Veuve Clicquot rosé will embody a snapshot of those offerings with events at a new Uptown event lounge and on a downtown rooftop as well as a daytime soiree with views from the St. Croix River.
The weekend kicks off on Friday with a gala at the new Mansion (7-10 p.m.) which will feature live music, cocktails (think creative takes on rosé and cotton candy) and of course, lots of that spiked grape juice. On Saturday, the bash continues on Union’s rooftop, where the sparkling wine will flow like milk and honey and a buffet of goodies will help sop it up. Prizes such as $100 gift certificates and magnum bottles of champagne will be raffled off on both nights.
Mansion will boast a “harvest” spread of breads, cheeses, charcuterie and fruits, among other things – and Union’s spread will include heartier options like flatbreads and chicken skewers. Every dish has been specially selected to pair with the champagne, Howard said.
The weekend culminates on Cliquot’s version of a booze cruise: a 2.5-hour float – Get it? Champagne? -- on the St. Croix River Boat Cruise. Tickets – there are only a handful left, Howard said – are $60 and include a luncheon buffet and unlimited champagne. For more information and cruise reservation details check out the Veuve Clicquot journey website.
“It’s all-inclusive and it’s going to be a beautiful day,” Howard said. “These events are going to be so much fun.”
[In the photos: Alisha Lewis, Taylor Tierney and LaTasha Schenfisch of Johnson Brothers Liquor Company; Photo credit: Dan Lovinaria.]